Waitrose launches first own-brand fully compostable coffee pods – and they’re Fairtrade

Bethan Rose Jenkins
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Photo credit: lengel76 - Getty Images
Photo credit: lengel76 - Getty Images

Waitrose has announced the release of a line of coffee pods which can be completely composted at home, making it the first supermarket own-brand range to do so.

The pods are made from “bio-sourced materials, including sunflower seed bark and sugar derived from corn”. The lids are made from cellulose (a plant product), making the entire product fully compostable and reducing potential plastic waste.

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There are four different blends available: Espresso 10s and 20s, Lungo 10s, Ristretto 10s and Decaf 10s - and all of them are made from Fairtrade coffee.

The pods will be available from this week in-store and online and you can already buy the Waitrose Espresso Coffee Capsules 20s on the retailer’s website for £4.50 for 20 capsules.

Waitrose’s coffee buyer Polly Astbury said, “We’re working hard so that all our packaging can be more easily recycled, reusable or home compostable in the next two years.”

Polly explained this was particularly important following a significant rise in coffee sales over the course of the pandemic, as consumers looked to replicate their favourite café experience at home.

“After a year of so many cups of coffee, it was essential we looked for a more sustainable material. As coffee grains can also be used as a fertiliser, making our capsules home compostable was an ideal alternative,” she said.

Waitrose claim to be “on track to making all own-label packaging widely recycled, reusable or home compostable by 2023." The brand has been ranked number one on the Greenpeace Supermarket Plastic League Table, which assesses retailers plastic reduction and reuse commitments.

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